Wednesday, November 04, 2009

So how many deer are there in this photo? I captured this photo on my walk to work. The weather has turned colder and the deer don't get up quite as early, not a bad idea. The camera, Panasonic G1 with the 45-200 lens. Bill

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Another day, another beaver photo, I captured this photo last week. Again I found myself sitting on the river bank visiting with my beaver neighbours. They don't seem too concerned about the shorter days and colder weather, it may be because of those warm coats. The camera Pentax K7 the lens Sigma 18-250 os Bill

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Meet my friend Bob. Bob the beaver and I have been crossing paths for several years and if you look back in previous posts you will find several photos of him from a distance. After sunset last night I noticed him on the river bank looking for a snack. I was very surprised and even a little excited to find out that Bob actually likes having his photo taken. He doesn't even seem to mind the camera flash. He also wasn't alone and maybe he was showing off for the camera just a little. The other thing I learned was that Bob likes to talk. He even manages to talk and eat at the same time. His talking wasn't directed at me but at the other friendly beaver who had swam across the river to join him for a snack. I would have recorded the conversation but I was only using for a camera the Panasonic G1 which does not include sound. Tomorrow I am receiving my first shipment of the Panasonic GF1 which does have sound and video. Lets hope I can find Bob in a hungry and talkative mood so I can test the new Panasonic GF1. cheers Bill

Saturday, September 12, 2009

There has definitely been a change of weather, it may still be Summer but Fall is in the air. The river is cooler as witnessed by this deer family during their morning crossing. I have been taking home my demo Pentax K7 and this photo was taken with my store demo Sigma 70-200 at 200 mm f5. The photo has been cropped a little. The lens can be found for sale on my web site under products. This is a very good lens at a demo cost. Bill

Friday, September 04, 2009

It is going to be an exciting Fall, the new Panasonic GF1 will be available in time for Christmas. I know I won't wait until Christmas to get one out of a box and check it out. I expect my first shipment mid Oct. Here is a link to dpreview's preview. Link. Bill

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

It has been awhile since I have been able to post. There has been much to do and little time to do it. This past week I received the new Panasonic FZ35. This is Panasonic's most resent ultra zoom camera, if you have read earlier posts you will know we use a Panasonic FZ18 for our family point and shoot camera. What I have found so far is that the FZ35 has faster focus and a better electronic viewfinder commonly referred to as a EVF. The EVF is not nearly as good as the Panasonic G1 and GH1 but it is an improvement on the FZ28. Here is one of the first photos I have taken with the Panasonic FZ35. Bill

Saturday, August 08, 2009

This time of the year living in the interior of B.C. we often have smoke in the air. There are no forest fires near by but we still have smoke. It makes for great early morning light and adds a little magic to the view of the river. I am still taking my Panasonic G1 home every night and used it to capture this photo with the 14-45 lens. Bill

I took this photo of our daughter Ann as she was arriving back in Canada. This was last Saturday. Ann has been living in France for the last year. If you were to look back in my blog to this time last year you will find a posted photo of Ann leaving the country. In that photo she is holding her pillow. The travel pillow Ann is hold in this photo is an idea that I have been working on for the last year. This pillow is the first prototype of that idea and she has been field testing it while traveling Europe. Prototype number two is almost ready for testing are there any volunteers? Bill

Friday, July 17, 2009

Another photo with the Pentax K7 and the Sigma 18-250 os lens. This one is not a photo of another deer but Gus is keeping his eyes on them.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Another deer photo taken with the new Pentax K7 and the Sigma 18-250 lens. I took this photo while walking to work this morning. These twins are very fast and only stand still like this for a split second. Bill

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

This is my first photo posted from the new Pentax K7 and the Sigma 18-250 os lens. I took the camera home for the weekend but didn't get around to using it much. Bill

Saturday, July 11, 2009

We have had some fawns in the yard this year. This one has a twin that was quicker at finding the open gate to exit the yard. Camera Panasonic G1.

Here are a few resent photos from my Panasonic G1. I can't believe it has been this long since my last post. I have received my stock but not had the time to try them. The Panasonic GH1's have come and gone without me opening the boxes. I have the new Pentax K7 and the new Sigma 18-250 os with a Pentax mount. I think I will try my demo K7 this week a see what I can do with the video. These two photos are part of a "walking to work" series that I am taking. Bill

Friday, June 19, 2009

Not much happening here these days, I am waiting for the first fawn to show itself, should be soon. I took this photo this morning of Jane Deer, mowing my lawn for me. This is with the 45-200 lens F7.1 at 200 mm, on my Panasonic G1. I have cropped the photo to make it vertical. Bill

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I took this photo last night when a storm was blowing by. I thought I should show you that it does rain here sometimes. It doesn't last long and the air is very fresh when it stops. The wind and the rain on the river can be quite captivating and changes quickly. The photo was taken with the Panasonic G1 and the new 14-140 lens. Bill

Saturday, June 06, 2009

I now have the Panasonic 14-140 HD lens in stock. This is the kit lens designed for the new GH1. I think people may consider owning this lens even if using it for video is not their intention. The range is excellent for a walk around lens and not too heavy to carry all day. After using the lens for a short time I also have had the thought that people who don't own a Panasonic G1 or GH1 may consider buying one just to use this lens. The reason, two words, incredible " BOKEH" this word is used to explain the appearance of the out of focus area in a photograph. Here is an example. Bill

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

A new view of our yard and unfinished house taken with the new Panasonic 7-14 lens. Great lens, almost as exciting is the new Panasonic 14-140 lens that I received today. Guess what is going home on my camera tonight. It has been a day for firsts, thanks to Geoff I now have a camera customer in Australia. I sent my first G1 to Geoff in Australia today, this may prove to be a new market for me down under. Second thought, maybe I should have delivered it and not sent it by mail. Bill

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Here are a few more photos from the Panasonic 7-14 lens. I love this lens, it will make a great travel lens. The challenge will be to buy the lens and a ticket at the same time. Bill

Friday, May 29, 2009

Today is a big day, not only is 30 degrees on May 29th but I have a new toy. I always enjoy having something first but I won't get to keep this for long as there is big demand. My first order is sold and I have a list of people who would like one. I completely understand why after taking a few quick photos. The lens, Panasonic 7-14, but I do have something to look forward to, I expect to receive the first 14-140 Panasonic lens next week. Bill

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Some of you may know that one of the reasons I like to post photos on my blog is for my mother to view. She is here visiting us this week and was enjoying her morning coffee with me when I noticed these river otters swimming up the river. I had Sandy's Panasonic FZ18 near by because I had just seen a coyote. It is nice to be able to share this experience in person. I am also looking forward to using a Panasonic GH1 with HD video when they arrive. I haven't used video before but at times like this it would be nice. The otters were in and out of the water and were having so much fun a 30 sec. clip would have been a nice capture. Bill

Saturday, May 09, 2009

I received my first Pentax 60-250 SDM this week. You know that myself and the rest of the world have been waiting a long time for this lens. My time has been limited and the weather has not been good so I don't have much to show. Here are two of my first photos, I thought they went well together. Bill

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I am still waiting for the Pentax 60-250 SDM to arrive. These three photos were taken with the Sigma 70-200 2.8. With the river coming up and Spring having arrived we see more activity on the river these days. Bill

Thursday, April 30, 2009

I am still waiting for the new Pentax 60-250 to arrive so I have been taking home the Sigma 70-200 2.8 to practice with. I plan on comparing these two lenses. Here are two photos that I have taken in the last few days. Our cat Oliver makes several trips to the river each day. It has been a few years since he last went for a swim. But we worry about him just the same. Bill

Friday, April 17, 2009

Have I ever mentioned how much fun I have selling cameras, this last six months has changed our sales considerably. Our out of town customers have increased as more and more consumers are not able to find the products and possibly more importantly the service close to home. As a sales person I enjoy meeting and helping new customers and after awhile in a small community like Grand Forks that experience becomes limited. I have locally 10,000 potential customers and in the last 20 years I have sold most of them one or two cameras. By discovering that I can help people with their cameras easily anywhere in North America has added to our business. For me personally, learning that I can build a relationship with a customer and help them even if we never meet face to face has been rewarding. Some may call this on-line sales but for me I prefer, out of town sales, it really is not much different opening the door or opening an email. Thanks Bill Wilby
P.S. the photo today taken with my G1 and 45-200 I just sold my G1 demo and now like many people I am looking forward the receiving the new Panasonic GH1

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Here is a quick photo taken this morning of one of our beaver friends. The photo is taken with my Panasonic G1 and the 45-200 lens. I was using my mono pod and turned the lens stabilization off. I am not sure which would be better but there was not much light. The shutter was 1/20th and the photo is not perfect but how many times do you see a beaver from your bedroom balcony? Maybe he will be by for his breakfast tomorrow and I can try again. Bill

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Here is a fun photo I took this morning with my Panasonic G1 and a 45-200 lens. Can you count the number of deer? It has been a busy month with me shipping two lens G1 kits to customers all over the U.S. I find it very convenient being located so close to the border. On Monday when our store is closed Sandy and I walked across the border to the U.S. post office in Danville to mail an order. Business and pleasure, who could ask for more. Bill

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring is in the air, a least that is what our cats are telling us. Here is a quick photo from the deck taken with my Panasonic G1 and the 45-200 lens. This is the same view our cats have when sitting on their couch and looking out the window. Bill

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Today is a big day for Pentax fans. I have placed my first order of the new 60-250 SDM lens. I was beginning to think this day would never come and I am sure I am not alone with this one. As usually I expect to be one of the first to receive this new lens. Here is a link to Pentax's site with info.
I have a Sigma 70-200 2.8 in stock to compare it to and will post results. Also a reminder I ship to the U.S. though a U.S. post office located near by. Our web site
Oh and the price 1799.00 Canadian or about 1400.00 U.S. Bill

Monday, March 09, 2009

Here are two photos taken yesterday with the Panasonic G1 and the 45-200 lens. Photos of the neighbours are always fun. I took these photos while thinking of our recent road trip in France. We drove by many "watch for deer" road signs while driving in France, more than I have seen in any other country. We never saw a deer. We were told they "hide during the day and come out at night" I am not so sure about that. One photo taken with the lens at 45 and one at 200, F6.3 with no cropping. Bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

This is the first of my travel photos. When I first looked at them this was the one that called out to me. This photo expresses for me the feeling of our short vacation to France and our visit with our daughter Ann who is living there and working as a au pair. These are the three girls and their Mother who she is living with. Sharing times like this was for me a high light of the trip. This photo was captured with the Panasonic G1 and the live view using the large flip screen held at waist level. There is movement in the photo because I was running backward while taking the photo. This is also an example of how versatile this little camera is and why I think it is a great travel camera. Because of its small size and quick handling it was not often in my camera bag but rather around my neck and ready to take a photo. Au Revoir Bill

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Just a quick post from France with a photo from my Panasonic G1. Carnac has more than 3000 of these standing rock, challenge and a delight to photograph. Bill

Saturday, February 07, 2009

This may be the last Christmas tree in the river post. We are gone tomorrow and will likely miss the melt. I took this photo this morning just as the sun was coming up. It was -10c so there is not to much melt. The camera, Sandie's Panasonic FZ18 which we will take with us. Au Revoir Bill

Thursday, February 05, 2009

After finding this photo when checking my cameras I am now starting to get a little excited. I love to fly and as well finding this photo in my camera is a reminder for me to have my camera ready. I took this photo of Mount Baker moments after take off from Abbotsford on a flight to Montreal in September. Sandy and I are flying to France on Wednesday to visit with our daughter Ann. It is now time to pack the bags and try and decide what to take. So far I am planing to take this camera, my Sigma Dp1 and a Panasonic G1 with an extra lens. Bill

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Christmas tree update, not much has changed, the weather has been cold and there is more ice. The tree is not going anywhere soon but we are. This time next week we will be on our way to France. I hear it is snowing there too. As you can see Bob is still in the picture, both of us are looking forward to better light. The camera is the Panasonic G1 which I am practising with for our up coming trip. Bill

Saturday, January 24, 2009

It is still cold, -20c this morning but that did not stop Bob the beaver from taking his morning swim. If you are a past reader of my blog you will know I have a beaver friend who I have named Bob. Last Fall he was a very busy beaver by increasing my view. I know he has had help as I have seen two beavers at one time. He surprised me this morning but I did have a Panasonic G1 and a Leica 14-150 lens with me as I was enjoying my breakfast. If you look back far enough in my blog you will see he has posed with a Christmas tree before. Bill

Friday, January 23, 2009

Here is a photo of our Christmas tree where we found it near the top of the hill. Our daughter Ann, who was home for Christmas from France, felt that being Canadian should mean we go and catch our own tree and not pick one up at the corner store. So we set off with our new snow tires and found ourselves on the top of Hardy Mountain looking for our tree. As you can see a tree covered in snow in the wild can appear different. Not everyone thought we made the best choice but we will do better next year. We sighted just the perfect tree on the way home. Bill

Christmas tree update. I don't think the tree is going anywhere soon as the temperature dropped too -20c this morning. looks like a neighbour has been nibbling on the branches. There is a story that goes with this years tree. The tree really belongs on top of the hill that you see in the back ground. I will tell the rest of the story in my next post. This photo was taken with our trusty Panasonic Fz18. Stay tuned Bill

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It is that time of the year again when I get to plant the Christmas tree on the ice. I thought I was late this year but checking back in the blog to January 28th 2008 I found that I am earlier than last year. It wasn't long before the neighbours decided to check it out. I know it has been a long time for me between posts. I hope to change that with longer day light and more photo opportunities. We are also planning a trip to France next month so we will be field testing cameras including the Panasonic G1 that I used to take these photos. The close up is with the Panasonic 45-200 lens the wide photo with the 14-45. Check back for more, it is cold here so I don't think the tree is going anywhere soon. Bill